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October 22, 2012

Lisa Gilliam acquitted

Judge decides case won’t be retried

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Lisa Gilliam, the Laurel County woman accused of murdering her husband, London attorney Larry Gilliam in Jan. 2011, was acquitted Friday afternoon at a pre-trial conference in Laurel Circuit Court.

The case will not be retried.

Special Judge Robert McGinnis, who was the judge in Gilliam’s murder trial in September, said there was not enough evidence for another trial.

“The judge said, ‘They could try her 10 times, and I don’t think that a jury will find her guilty,’” according to bench clerk Brandy Sprinkles.

Both of Gilliam’s defense attorneys in the murder trial, Scott Foster and Robert Norfleet, of Somerset, were at the pre-trial conference along with the prosecuting attorney in the trial, Laurel Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele.

Lisa Gilliam was charged in the shooting death of her husband on Jan. 7, 2011. The couple was alone in his law office on Fourth Street in London when the shooting took place.

The Gilliams had been married for only 44 days.

In March of that year, Lisa Gilliam was indicted for murder by the Laurel County Grand Jury. Three days after the indictment, she voluntarily turned herself in to the London Police Department and posted a $100,000 cash bond. The London Police was the lead agency on the murder investigation.

The murder trial began Sept. 17. For three days, defense and prosecution attorneys provided arguments, evidence and testimony from witnesses to the jury, which was made up of nine women and three men. It came down to whether Lisa Gilliam shot her husband, or Larry Gilliam committed suicide, and the jury couldn’t come to a unanimous decision. The trial ended in a hung jury on Sept. 19.

After the jury’s decision, McGinnis scheduled the pretrial conference that was held Friday.

On Sept. 21, just two days after the trial ended, Lisa Gilliam and her attorneys were back in court to file a bond reduction, which was reduced from $100,000 to $75,000. The defense attorneys also filed a motion for Judgement of Acquittal.

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